Book Recommendation of the Day – The Cellist by Elaine White

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THIS is why you need to be on Wattpad, because this exists! Click here to go read! 

Blurb: After six years, cellist Roman returns home in search of more than just international fame. He attends college on a one month trial basis, hoping to prove to himself and his boyfriend Benjamin that he’s capable of living a normal life. There’s one complication he didn’t count on. His high school crush, the straight, untouchable Jaxton is there when he arrives. And his best friend Thayer takes an instant shine to Roman, arranging to see him play at a local club, Crimson 8. With prior warning that the club is a gay man’s fantasy come true, where anything and everything can happen, Jaxton is dragged along with a group of his friends to see Roman play. What happens that night, and the next, will change the course of all their lives forever.

I bet you know what I’m thinking…

I’m thinking October is the perfect time to delve until uncomfortable, unhappy pasts!

Surely you have wondered things about Pharun’s childhood, or Shrukian’s teenage years. But not just the general stuff. The specifics.

Well, this is your lucky month! Starting on the first and going until I run out of characters, you get to ask questions about the gritty details that otherwise may never have been told.

Just so you know, Shrukian’s face looks like this:

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As usual, there are a million ways to ask! Don’t be shy. Comment here, on Facebook, or even on Twitter using #bitchking (still trying to make that a thing). You can also email me at writeme@cn-faust.com – and you know I love to hear from you!

Here is what the character lineup looks like so far:

October…

1st – Pharun

2nd – Shrukian

3rd – Olympia

4th – Ekaterini

5th – Encarz

6th – Graeme

7th – Adriel

8th – Cyrano

9th – Nerissa

10th – Austric

11th – Benito

12th – Felix

13th – Meridith

14th – Domenico

15th – Malhii

16th – Brisha and Raul

17th – Ravenel

18th – Jhauril

19th – Varijin

20th – YOUR PICK!

That’s all I’ve got so far. Maybe not a full month’s worth, but a respectable amount! I can’t wait to hear from you!

October Releases and Bargains

For the entire month of October I’m going to be searching for, reblogging and promoting other people’s books that are either releasing or up for some special sale, especially if it has to do with Halloween. (October is kind of my favorite month). So if you’ve got something going on, point me your way! I’m going to start with my own news, since that’s all I have. 😛

1) OCTOBER 1st (projected) DRAMS IS BEING RELEASED! 

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Some of you have already told me you are excited, so I hope to live up to my own hype! This will be my first real attempt to take a crack at an urban paranormal drama. The best part? Drams will be 0.99 cents on Amazon until November 1st! All the way through Halloween! 

2) Mr. Fingers – ALSO 0.99 cents until November 1st! 

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A perfect chilly October afternoon read. Available soon on Amazon!

3) Baron of Blood gets a reboot!

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Baron of Blood (one of my ‘orphan’ titles as Anne Rice would say) is the prequel to the Age of Waking Death series and one of my better works (in my opinion). It’s getting a reboot this October with a brand new cover, plus an additional chapter offering a sneak peek into its sequel, Baron of Poison! Only $2.99 starting soon!

Of course, The Age of Waking Death series is also going to be back up on Amazon! I wouldn’t leave them behind. 😛 That’s all of the news for October that I have so far. Can’t wait to look at yours!

I LIVE.

So I deleted my previous post because after contacting my publisher today, we came to an understanding. Due to unforeseeable circumstances on their end, I am now free of my contract and can once more let my books go live on Amazon.

WHICH IS AWESOME. Because now I feel like I can finally make REAL progress with “The Bitch King” instead of letting it drift in limbo (as it has been for almost a year). “Drams” is still set for its October 1st release, and “Baron of Poison” (sequel to Baron of Blood) is also a project in queue.

So now that I have more control, my writing is going to pick up pace. I’m going to be very busy.

Here is a peek at what the series are going to look like, with the unpublished titles marked in purple.

Age of Waking Death Series

The Dragon’s Disciples

The Heretic Priest

The Hollow Living

The Bitch King

The Queen of Nothing

The Final Knell

Dawning Era Saga

Baron of Blood

Baron of Poison

Baron of Madness

Vile Novellas

Mr. Fingers

Disposable

He Came Back

I Have to Go

Daughter of Mr. Fingers

Her Majesty’s Spider

Her Majesty’s Spider

Her Grace’s Hope

Her Own

Misc Works

Drams

My writing queue is maybe unreasonably long.

Reblog: Anne R. Allen – 10 Obsolete Beliefs that Can Block Self-Publishing Success

Good morning, my darlings! Starting it off with some Starbucks coffee and a link to an excellent and informative article. I hate it when I find awesome blog posts on other hosts (like Blogspot or Blogger as opposed to WordPress) and I have to link to them instead of reblogging. >.> Grr! Anyway, click on the cover below and it will take you there! 

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Fell the Angels (an older project) now on Wattpad

Hello my darlings. I have accidentally stumbled across an old project that I remember being very fond of. Once Drams if finished, while I continue to hammer away at the Bitch King, I might tackle this and re-write it, as well. For now, what there is already is up for you to enjoy on Wattpad. Click the cover below to follow the link!

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GUEST Q&A – poet, Aleksis Faust!

Hello my beautiful ones! Today I asked my husband Aleksis Faust to guest post and do a Q&A for my blog. I wrote the questions and he answered them all in private, so I was just as entertained reading them for the first time as you will be. I won’t keep his stage for long, so here he is ! If you enjoy his content here, go read some of his poetry at https://aleksisfaust.wordpress.com/, give him a follow! You won’t regret it. 

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  • At what age did you start writing poetry?
    • The first time poem I ever wrote that wasn’t some kind of English assignment, was in my 8th grade Science class. I was 14 years old.
  • Who were your greatest influences?
    • Besides other poets, I was heavily influenced by lyricists like Dani Filth and Marilyn Manson, as well as contemporary rap artists.
  • How much did personal experience affect it then, versus how it does now?
    • I think when I was younger, most of what I did was confessional poetry, as a kind of cathartic process. Now, I have more fun with, and even though my personal life always influences me – it doesn’t lord over my work.
  • What inspires you to write?
    • Literally anything. Usually the works of other artists, particularly films and other visual mediums.
  • Have you ever tried your hand at prose, and would you ever consider writing a short story or a novel?
    • I have actually; two unfinished pieces of prose are currently sitting in my hard drive. I don’t know if I’d ever be able to write a full length novel, but I would love to get to that point someday.
  • What is your ultimate goal for yourself and your writing?
    • I want to revive poetry for this era, and I want to share my work with as many people as I can, both while I’m here and when I’m gone.
  • Do you feel like poetry is a respected art form?
    • I think the “classics” are respected, such as Poe, Keats, Milton etc. but not necessarily contemporary poets. Spoken word and rap are the only subsets of verse that are getting any shine, in my opinion.
  • Which poets make your top list?
    • Charles Baudelaire, Charles Bukowski, Arthur Rimbaud, Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Saul Williams, my husband, and Charles Simic to name a few. (Why are there so many good poets named Charles?) side note to my readers: this is especially funny because I am his husband and all of the men on my dad’s side are named Charles.
  • Would you say that you have settled into a style, or are you still experimenting?
    • I think my most comfortable style is a modern, more musical twist on free-verse, but I don’t think any writer should restrict themselves to only one style. Experimenting in other forms teaches you more about your craft and facilitates creativity.
  • What would you say is the most interesting thing about you?
    • I don’t think I can point out a singular, ruling characteristic to describe myself. I think if I was able to do that, I’d be pretty boring 😛
  • What is a day in the life of a poet like?
    • Well I’m not sipping wine from a goblet, hunched over parchment by candlelight with a quill and ink if that’s what you’re asking. I’m also not living in a coffee shop with a beret and a cigarette tape between my fingers either. xD
  • Do you think anyone can be a poet?
    • I think anyone can write poetry.
  • If you could give a piece of advice to someone who was just starting out, what would it be?
    • 1) Only say what’s necessary. 2) Whatever you say, say it in a way that’s never been said before. 3) Don’t ever force it.
  • In what direction do you see poetry as an art form heading?
    • I think spoken word will continue to be hijacked by social activism and rap will continue to develop into weirder and more unique content. As that happens, I think we will see a reemergence of appreciation for written verse.
  • What are some of your other interests?
    • I’m really into alternative rap, “artsy-films” , and recently rekindled my love for videogames. Basically, I never go outside during the day.
  • Are there any countries you would like to visit that you think would inspire you?
    • Sure, Romania, France, Germany, Russia, and Italy all have aesthetics I would kill to see in person.
  • Do you ever take inspiration from current events?
    • Sometimes, but usually it’s something non-political. I like to stay aware of social issues, but I think those issues are best articulated through discourse rather than poetry, where it can sometimes get to abstracted.
  • If so, how well does a dramatic event or social concept translate into poetry?
    • I think it’s much easier to write about a dramatic event than a social concept. For example, one could certainly write a moving piece about the humanity (or lack thereof) in Ferguson, but it would be much harder to unpack white privilege and the history of racism within power structures like the police force in a single poem.
  • Is there a poet in your life (someone you know personally) who you look up to?
    • Can I say my husband without sounding like a sycophant? Honestly he’s the only person I know personally whose poetry I’ve read and deemed professional.
  • What do you feel makes a poem ‘fresh’?
    • Just about anything you can choose as a topic has been written about before, so the key is to take whatever that is, and try to flip it on its head or change the perspective. One of the best ways to do this is to experiment with imagery and metaphor.
  • If you were to have your poems illustrated and could hire anyone dead or alive, whose art would you use?
    • It’s cruel to make me just pick one, but H.R. Giger is the first one that came to mind.
  • If you could capture your philosophy in one word, what would it be?
  • Satanism.
  • Do you prefer to have your work honestly critiqued or blindly adored?
    • Honestly critiqued.
  • What inspired you to go professional with your writing?
    • I just didn’t see the point in expressing myself creatively if I wasn’t going to share it with anyone. Why write at all if you’re the only one who is going to read it?
  • What gives you the drive to continue?
    • The encouragement of my husband and the opinion of others whose opinion I respect.
  • What would you consider to be a ‘stereotypical’ poet?
    • Nowadays, a young, twenty-something who only performs in front of a mic with a perpetual upward inflection and an irritating lack of breath control.
  • If not drinking and smoking (and other stereotypical poet behaviors) what would you name your vices?
    • Attention, love, and sex.
  • Sum up the ‘greats’ of poetry in one word.
  • Encompassing.
  • What are the absolute “Don’t’s!” of writing poetry?
    • DO NOT rhyme something simply because you can.
    • DON’T say anything that is already implied/obvious.
    • DO NOT force anything to come out of you that isn’t there. It’s contrived. If you’ve heard something said similarly, by anyone else, don’t say it.
    • DON’T underestimate subtlety and purposeful restriction.
    • DON’T become so abstract that no one can discern a meaning.
    • DON’T try to adopt a style that you aren’t suited for just because you admire it. Play around with it, but if it’s hindering your content – move on.
    • DON’T doubt your work.
    • NEVER delete anything without consulting an honest reviewer/friend.
  • I hear you have an incredibly handsome husband. On a scale of 1 – Adonis, how sexual is he?
  • Satan.

DRAMS – new crowdfunding campaign!

Hello, my darlings! I have put up a new crowdfunding campaign for “Drams” to help cover the printing and distribution costs! My brain is exhausted from writing the pitch, so I don’t have much clever to say here. Just click the button below if you want to check it out, and then don’t forget to spread the word! Much love. 

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